Meet the Staff

pastoral team


logoiconGreg      logoiconPam      logoiconJosh      logoiconRon      logoiconElizabeth      logoiconBethleen      logoiconJudy      logoiconJohn     

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Greg Davidson Laszakovits, Pastor

What makes Greg tick? Jesus as prophet. Vibrant communities. Matters of peace and justice. And then letting the world’s cares and worries fade to the background while screaming downhill on his mountain bike. “Now, those are God moments!” he says.

Before E-town, Greg consulted church starts in Brazil and directed legislative affairs for the Church of the Brethren in Washington DC.  An Arizona native, he studied History and Political Science at Northern Arizona University, Peace Studies at Bethany Seminary (MDiv), and gave a year to volunteer service.

 

God is everywhere -- in the grand discovery of travel, in places where we are pushed out of our comfort zones, and in the most mundane moments with friends and strangers alike.

Follow Pastor Greg on Twitter (@PastorGregDL)


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Pam Reist, Pastor

Random Facts:
  • BA in Foreign Languages
  • School record as longest running girls’ basketball booster parent (11 contiguous high school years for four daughters)
  • Graduation from seminary and ordained at age 50!
  • Vice president of high school synchronized swimming team long before it was an Olympic sport

Pam hails from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Mount Joy in 1975 when she married  the third generation owner of Reist Popcorn Company.  Pam has been taught well everything she knows or ever wanted to know about the popability of that ever-popular and healthy snack.  Seriously.  Ask her.

Having joined the pastoral team in 2008, Pam loves serving with her colleagues in this diverse and welcoming congregation.  One of her passions is creating a meaningful worship experience that enables folks of all ages to encounter God.  Pam’s vision for the church is a community of radical disciples committed to follow Jesus’ way.

When she’s not studying or visiting, Pam can be found taking a walk with the baby of the family (Watson, a boxer mix)… or hiking or reading a good book or playing in the dirt (a.k.a. gardening)!

While traveling in India last year and meeting with beautiful women in that paradoxical land, Pam found new meaning in the greeting:

NAMASTE (the divine in me greets the divine in you).  May it be so.


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Josh Tindall, Pastor

What do you get when mix one part pastor, one part musician, one part educator and one part craziness – you get Josh Tindall. Josh has been an Etown native for over 20 years, having graduated from Etown High School in 1997. Josh went on pursue music and business degrees from Lebanon Valley College where he also serves as adjunct instructor of piano. At EtownCOB Josh enjoys the opportunity to combine his passions for music and ministry. If you listen closely enough you’ll probably hear him making some noise in the church most days either singing, playing the guitar, piano, organ, or drums or leading an ensemble group.

In his spare time Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Elizabeth, practicing music for hours on end, eating awesome food and sharing the company of friends.

Some fun facts:
  • Favorite color: Blue
  • Favorite thing to say: Enjoy!
  • Favorite Food: Soft Pretzels
  • A champion Monopoly player
  • Favorite quote,

If music be the food of love, play on.
-William Shakespeare


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Ron Bellamy, Handbell Choir Director

A Pennsylvania native, Ron joined the music staff in 2006.  Although he sings and plays clarinet and guitar, his obvious passion is enhancing Worship through handbell music.  His nearly 35 years of ringing experience have taken him to many states as a handbell clinician, conductor, and performer. He is the director of handbells at four Lancaster area churches, and works with approximately 60 ringers on a regular basis, teaching the importance of teamwork and cooperation in using 10-14 ringers to play one instrument (handbell set) well.


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Elizabeth Tindall, Keyboardist

Elizabeth Tindall joined the music staff as keyboardist and accompanist in the summer of 2013.  She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and studied piano with Dr. Dennis Sweigart.  In addition to performing regularly as a recitalist and accompanist for various church events, Elizabeth also has a passion for teaching music.  She teaches private lessons in piano, flute, and voice. 
 
In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling with her husband Josh, spending time with her family and friends, and being outdoors.

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Bethleen Bradford, Administrative Assistant

Bethleen joined our office staff in December, 2012. She was born in Kokomo, Indiana but lived most of her childhood in Portsmouth, Ohio. Her family moved to Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1974. Bethleen came to Pennsylvania to enroll at Lancaster Bible College, graduating in 1986. She taught second grade in the Faith Christian Academy in Martinsburg, West Virginia, for three years. After that time she moved back to Pennsylvania and served for eight years on the staff of the Elizabethtown Public Library working in many different capacities there. In addition to her love for creating craft items our of recycled materials, Bethleen has a passion for ways to serve and care for people. Working in the E-town Church office gives her that opportunity each day.

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Judy Powell, Facilites Coordinator

Judy started working full time in the ECOB church office in January, 2000. She's been a member of our congregation since 1985. Judy grew up in suburban Philadelphia and came to Elizabethtown in 1967 to attend Elizabethtown College. She met her husband, Ray, while they were both students at the college. They've lived in Etown since 1975. 


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John Barnhill, Facilities Manager

John started with the church in November of 2012. He has over 25 years of experience in the electronic manufacturing and the custom homes industries. John has also run his own small business. John enjoys the challenges of working in a facilty that is heavily used, and he enjoys working with all of the people that come through the doors.


 

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